A blogger says that she was stopped from taking photos of her in a bikini by the staff at a Las Vegas hotel despite getting permission from them previously.
Anna O’Brien is a New York-based blogger who runs the blog Glitter + Lazers. According to her, she had previously contacted the hotel where she was staying that she will have a photo shoot for her website. She declined to give the name of the hotel, but she says that they approved her request at first and told her that she could take photos anywhere expect the casino floor. Also, they did not send any guidelines on clothing restrictions.
The 33-year-old says that she was just 6 minutes into the photo shoot when the security guards “got aggressive” over her bikini, even though women with “comparable attire – show girl outfits” were walking down the same area at the same time. O’Brien managed to take just a few photos, and she uploaded one on her Instagram profile.
She says that she was embarrassed at first, but then she got upset. The blogger adds that she has done photo shoots in many hotels around the world, but she has never had this reaction.
According to her, the aggression was related to her body size.
“It’s hard after years of being told plus size women cannot wear certain things, to not have an irrational shame come up when some one of authority questions your right to do a normal thing like wear a swimsuit,”
Even though her past experiences cannot be easily erased or forgotten, she says that she is body positive and genuinely loves herself.
The hotel (which O’Brien chose not to name) stated that they stopped the photo shoot because O’Brien needed additional clearance to take bikini photos.
“All guests wearing bathing suits inside our lobby and casino are asked to cover up. Additionally, Ms. O’Brien never shared with the PR team that she intended to take photos in the lobby in her bathing suit. Had we understood her intent additional clearances to take the photos would have been required and, if permitted, we would have had a PR team member present to staff.”
O’Brien’s frustration lies more with the culture around “plus bodies” than with the hotel, because she thinks that the incident is a reflection of what plus bodies are not able to be seen as. She thinks that in the guards’ minds, a plus size woman could not be a legitimate model and she had to be lying.
This incident shows why the body culture needs to change!